America's Victory: The Heroic Story of a Team of Ordinary Americans -- And How They Won the Greatest Yacht Race Ever
The America's Cup is the oldest international trophy in competitive sports, yet few know the inspirational story of the dedicated seamen behind the original historic race. In 1850, a brilliant young boat designer struck a terrible deal with the New York Yacht Club: he would attempt to build them the world's fastest boat, but he would receive no payment unless the vessel emerged victorious at The Great Exhibition in England. With its revolutionary design and striking beauty, the yacht AMERICA would have to beat fourteen of the best boats that Britain the world's greatest maritime nation could bring to the line. It seemed an impossible task. Yet AMERICA's small, unlikely team of humble, hardworking men faced the might and arrogance not only of their British competitors, but also their own backers, and achieved the unthinkable.
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Two TRAGIC Loss
FOUR THE COMMODORES PRIDE
EIGHT TILTED ODDS
NINE QUIET DEPARTURE
TEN To OPEN SEA
ELEVEN TURN OF SPEED
THIRTEEN STAYING THE COURSE
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